Sunday, December 9, 2012

Just Finished: Christmas Magic


It's just over two weeks until Christmas so I thought it was high time to post another holiday review! Christmas Magic is one of the new holiday anthologies published by Still Moments Publishing. While it wasn't one of my favourites, I think others would really enjoy it.

Here's a little bit about each story:
Wishes Come True by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Will mixing one lonely baker and the town’s prodigal son with spices and laughter make a tasty recipe for love?
Harbor Homecoming by Lindsay McFerrin
Can a gigantic dog named Bear be a matchmaker? If it’s Christmas in romantic Bar Harbor, Maine, the answer is yes!
Beginning of Forever by Terri Rochenski
A new face in town forces Lillian Davis to choose between living in her past and what is blossoming in her heart.
When I was in university I would always be home for the break between semesters. My mom and I share a love of romantic Christmas books and I would always finish the books before she did. I think she liked that though because I could tell her what order to read the stories in and if there were any she should skip altogether. Why am I telling you this? Well, because I wish I had had someone to tell me what order to read these stories in. I really liked Wishes Come True and it would have been nice if that had been the last story I had read. It's not that I disliked the other two, it was just that I enjoyed the first one the most.

Sometimes I find that short stories do not have a good pace and that things end up happening much too quickly for it to be believable. That didn't really happen with these stories. Funnily enough, Wishes Come True was the story that I struggled with the most when it came to timing. I think it was just a little difficult to understand how the characters could care so much about each other without really spending much time together.

Each story had a really sweet storyline, which is perfect for Christmas. I loved Bear the dog in Harbor Homecoming and thought he was just perfect for the story. I was also amazed at how Lillian picked herself up after a tragedy and was able to be a terrific mother in Beginning of Forever. I can't imagine what she had to go through.

Overall, Christmas Magic gave me just the holiday boost I needed. The stories were fun to read, the romances were sweet, and there was just the right amount Christmas spirit. Pick this one up if you're looking for a few quick Christmas stories. I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

*A copy of this story was provided by the publisher, Still Moments Publishing, in exchange for an honest review*

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to read our short stories and for the review.

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  2. Thanks for the review. :)

    Lillian was inspired by my sister-in-law's true story of having to raise her child on her own. I don't know how she did it, but she has done a wonderful job & is now dating again - after YEARS of focusing on her son.

    Glad you enjoyed it.

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